• University of Reading

COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression

Explore practical ways to help young people manage their mood and maintain healthy habits during the coronavirus pandemic.

22,942 enrolled on this course

COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Digital upgradeFree

Learn how young people can manage low mood and depression during COVID-19

In an unprecedented time of upheaval and change, it’s understandable that many young people’s mental health may be particularly vulnerable.

On this course, young people, parents, carers, teachers, and other professionals can learn helpful, practical techniques to cope with low mood and depression during the lockdown period and beyond. You’ll examine how to help young people structure their day and improve sleep and diet.

You’ll explore how to build positive family communication, and learn tips on how to manage your thoughts and feelings, building long-lasting resilience along the way.

What topics will you cover?

  • Practical advice on structuring the day and promoting healthy habits

  • Helpful family communication to keep conflict to a minimum

  • The importance of modelling and self-care

  • Tips on managing your thoughts and your feelings

  • Using this time as an opportunity for developing resilience

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify practical ways to structure the day and promote healthy habits  to increase positive mood and reduce withdrawal 
  • Explore the importance of self-care and modelling  adaptive and mood enhancing behaviours
  • Engage in strategies for managing your  thoughts  and your feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Apply helpful communication techniques to ensure conflict is kept to a minimum
  • Reflect on how you can use this time as an opportunity for developing resilience

Who is the course for?

This course is helpful for young people with low mood and depression and their parents and carers, or anyone who has contact with young people during COVID-19.

Who will you learn with?

I'm a Clinical Psychologist & researcher. Much of my work is with parents of children & adolescents who are experiencing mental health problems. I’m passionate about supporting and empowering parents.

I am a psychologist conducting research on anxiety and depression in young people. My work focuses on how young people develop mental health problems, and how we can prevent or treat them.

I head up a number of educational outreach projects and am interested in spreading knowledge about evidence-based therapies for common mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression.

Who developed the course?

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

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What's included?

University of Reading are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible